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Title Smiles
Dates of Creation 1917
Scope & Content Piano and vocal sheet music for "Smiles," music by Lee S. Roberts, lyrics by J. Will Callahan and published by Jerome H. Remick & Company, New York.
Composer Roberts wrote the tune after attending a music dealer's conference where a speaker emphasized the value of a smile in doing business. Asking his friend Callahan to write the lyric, Roberts was unable to interest any publisher in the song, so he published it himself. To a public that was enduring the strain of the war in Europe (which the U.S. had not yet entered), the song evidently came as a welcome respite, and within a year had sold two million copies.
Year Range from 1917.0
Year Range to 1917.0
Subjects Music sheet covers
Sheet music covers
People Callahan, J. Will
Remick, H. Jerome
Roberts, Lee S.
Collection History Museum Music Collection
Imagefile 016\20063219.JPG
Number of images 1.0
Object Name Music, Sheet
Catalog Number 2006.32.19
Extent of Description 1-sheet music, 9" x 12"